Many students gathered in a auditorium
Students listening during or Welcome Session.
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Introduction Days

In your first days in Gothenburg, there will be lots to do and absorb. This page provides information about activities for newly arrived students that are held at the start of the semester. The University Welcome Programme, social activities arranged by student buddies and student associations. There is also quite a lot of administrative tasks you need to take care of as a new student.

Welcome Programme

The International Student Welcome Programme is held at the beginning of each semester. The programme of events and activities provides international students with practical information about the University and living in Gothenburg. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet other international students and Student Buddies from all over the world.

Time: 10:00-12:00 or 17:00-19:00 CET (you choose which time you wish to attend when you register)

Venue: Zoom Webinar

Welcome Day 17.00-19..00


  • Welcome Speech by deputy vice-chancellor Pauli Kortteinen
  • Student Portal and University e-services
  • Servicecenter and the GU card
  • Studies at the University of Gothenburg
  • Student health care provider Feelgood introduces their services
  • Student unions, what are they and why are they so important
  • Mecenat followed by Welcome Services
  • Unimeet Gothenburg
  • Swedish language courses
  • Unit for Academic Language (ASK)
  • University Library

Welcome Services will organise a key pick-up service for students with a UGOT student housing contract, or a contract from Welcome Services. 

Between 9-16.00 students may pick up their keys at their local SGS Kundcenter. 

After 16.00 the keys (SGS Ugot keys, and keys for Kastanjebacken and Fridhemsgatan 58) will be handed out at Studenternas Hus, Götabergsgatan 17 until 20.00. 

It is easy to find your way from the airport, bus and train station, as well as the ferry terminals via public transport or the airport coaches. Read more about this on our transportation site. If you need to book accommodation before the start of the semester you can find hostels and hotels on's website.

Transportation and getting around

Hostels and hotels in Gothenburg

Key pick-up


Date: 18 January

Time: 17:00-19:00 CET

Venue: University main building at Universitetsplatsen 1

The lecture will have a focus on life in Sweden, understanding the Swedes, and intercultural competence. We will invite current international students to form a panel to discuss their experiences. The panel will also take questions from you, the audience.

At the Welcome Fair for new international students, student organisations, university support functions and other activity groups are present.
Joining a student organisation is a great way to meet new friends, get to know the city and settle in to your new student life in Gothenburg.

Time: 17.00-19.00
Venue: Studenternas Hus (Götabergsgatan 17)

The Welcome Pack is a tote bag sporting the University of Gothenburg logo, and if you see anyone with one of these bags out in the city, you have probably just spotted another international student. 

The contents includes a map of the city, a University of Gothenburg reflective slap wrap, a list of things to do while in Gothenburg, as well as various information about, for instance, public transport and recycling. Some of the information is available in digital form only, via a QR-code.

Pick up your Welcome Pack
16 January: We will hand out Welcome Packs at Studenternas Hus (Götabergsgatan 17) on Monday 16 January, 16:00-20:00 CET.

18 January onwards: From 18 January onwards, you can collect your Welcome Pack from the University’s Servicecenters during their regular opening hours.

Opening hours for Servicecenter

Faculty organised welcome activities

Some faculties at the University also arrange activities for their students at the start of the semester. Individual programmes might also arrange orientation or introduction events. They will contact you via e-mail if that is the case.

Social events

The Student Buddies organise plenty of activities both at the start and throughout the semester in order to help international students settle in and meet fellow students. You can contact them if you need more information about student life in Gothenburg or if you want to know more about the different activities arranged for you.

Unimeet Gothenburg events

These events aim to welcome all new international students to the city of Gothenburg. They are designed to make you discover and experience the city while getting to know other students. Unimeet Gothenburg is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers and the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co.